Sweden's SHINING, the extreme metal band founded by controversial frontman Niklas Kvarforth, has entered Sonic Train studios in Varberg, Sweden with producer Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND) to begin recording its eighth full-length album, which currently only bears the working title "VIII".SHINING has set up a blog which will track the whole recording process, and will feature updates from the band's manager, who will be present throughout the filming, and contributions from the various members themselves, as well as a "fly-on-the-wall" video diary. The blog, together with the first two posts, which include an introductory video with Kvarforth, can be found at this location. The first-ever single released by SHINING, which was exclusively distributed in Sweden via Sweden Rock Magazine, was certified gold in the band's home country in August 2011 by the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. (Note: Each copy of the magazine containing the CD sold in Sweden was counted towards the certification; the single itself was **not** sold separately.) The two-track CD single was released by Spinefarm Records and featured "Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel", taken from SHINING's last album, "VII / Född Förlorare", on the "A" side, while a previously unreleased cover of ALICE COOPER's "Prince Of Darkness" appeared on the "B" side.
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